Computer Mentors works to build opportunity through expertise for the underserved youth of our community. By establishing and building upon a fundamental skillset covering programming, entrepreneurism, public speaking, and more; Computer Mentors gives its students the tools and talent they need to become savvy, self-starting achievers in a tech-centric world.
Computer Mentors empowers our students by giving them the real-world experience they need to pursue and succeed in the future’s tech jobs. Through our various programs we impart the skills that students need to stay competitive in the IT sector including: computer programming, web development, robotics programming, videography, public speaking, and business strategy.
Not everyone is born into this world with equal opportunities. Our job is to even the playing field through providing our students with the most up-to-date learning experiences possible and the skillset they can use to better their personal and professional position.
We accomplish this through a sequence of programs that foster a love of technology and professional development in our students from an early age. Through high school and beyond we refine and build upon these foundational lessons, and provide our students with the drive and opportunity they need to succeed.
Our organization teaches the importance of perseverance and community development. We work with leading technology companies and industry experts to encourage our students to improve their life circumstance. We do this by sharing technology resources that help them to develop a professional skillset that will help them secure quality employment and gain real-world experiences by giving back to the community. When you choose to support Computer Mentors you know you’re making a difference.
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This is real work and this is where people can make a difference long-term. Computer Mentors is serving the community, serving the kids and it’s something you can see. It’s something you can participate in and something you can feel good about raising money for.
I have seen the impact of what the organization is doing with the youth. Computer Mentors is teaching people what to do with technology - and how to create it. Those skills that will also give those people a competitive edge when they are looking for employment, when they are continuing their education.
I believe in Computer Mentors because Computer Mentors believed in me. Long before Facebook and Myspace developed virtual space for social interaction, Computer Mentors established a safe place for minority and low-income students to collectively bridge the digital divide. The work of their instructors and volunteers has enhanced my life and I am forever grateful.
Computer Mentors cares about the future of our youth and understands that hard skills, such as coding, are crucial to the advancement of their careers,and is the type of skillset that keeps pushing innovation forward.
We provide a continuity of programs that help our students develop tech proficiency & problem solving skills from an early age, and encourage the self-starting, entrepreneurial mindset that will propel students to excel in college and earn a career in the IT industry.
Starting in middle school, our students are exposed to a cutting edge curriculum that equips them with scratch programming, web development, and robotics programming skills.READ MORE
Kids Code scaffolds seamlessly into our high school program, the S.T.E.M. Corps; where students will expand upon their skill sets, earn important certifications, develop real-world projects for the community, gain leadership experience, and have internship & employment opportunity.READ MORE
Computer Mentors annual Teen Business Challenge (TBC) empowers twenty high school teens within four entrepreneurial challenges. Teens are divided into four teams where they collaborate, communicate, and solve problems together all while bringing a new business venture & mobile app to life! The two-day event takes place the third weekend in February at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Florida. Free to enter, all participants are eligible for prizes. Must be a Florida resident within Hillsborough County.READ MORE
Our mentors are professionals who believe in empowering kids to become tomorrow’s IT talent. Each of our students are assigned a mentor to work closely with in a collaborative, safe environment where ideas prosper and the students’ professional potential is unveiled.
Jeannie Bohn brings 15 years of business management experience, as well as 3 years of STEM/Robotics instruction in the Charlotte, NC public school system.
Meghan began as a student at Computer Mentors in 2004. Meghan has ten years experience in curriculum development and technical training and holds several industry-recognized technical certifications.
Shawn has 20+ years of IT Services and Customer Service experience and dedicates himself to leading and instructing IT skills to both youth and adults in the community.
Chris brings his experience as a developer and his enthusiasm for robotics and rocketry.
Nyjel began at Computer Mentors as a student from 1999-2006. Nyjel returned as a Mentor after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Game Design.
Edwin brings to the table a vast background in customer service and marketing, as well as great enthusiasm in working with youth. Edwin’s bilingual skills will aid Computer Mentors in providing services at locations where we have a high population of Latino/Spanish-speaking students.
Andrew brings his experience as a developer and mentors students in the Mobile App Development tech track.
David is a Computer Mentors alumni who now attends Hillsborough Community College. David mentors high school students who are pursuing the Web tech track.
James Rock is in the Computer Science & Engineering program at University of South Florida. At Computer Mentors James mentors high school students through video production projects and assists with the KidsCode program.
At Computer Mentors your involvement matters. Whether you are a student looking to expand your skill set, a volunteer seeking to give back to the community, or business interested in mentorship or sponsorship opportunities, there is a place for you at Computer Mentors.